Shaun Wright-Phillips has shed light on when two ‘monstrous’ former Manchester City teammates tried to settle their differences in the boot room.
Having started his career at the Etihad Stadium, the diminutive winger returned to City in 2008 – after three years with big-spending Chelsea as part of the Roman Abramovich revolution.
The son of former Arsenal striker Ian Wright made 266 appearances over two spells with City.
Wright-Phillips also won the FA Cup in the run-up to leaving the club for a second time in 2011 – this time for QPR, before ending his playing career Stateside.
Speaking about his City days with Andy Goldstein and Jack Wilshere on talkSPORT, the 39-year-old was requested to provide details of one memorable training ground moment.
But while he stopped short of naming the players involved, it was a post-session fight which sparked his memory.
Wright-Phillips said: “When I was first coming through at City, two monstrous players… they solved things the old-fashioned way.
“A tackle must have happened on the pitch, where they both went head to head. They both just said; ‘Look, after training, we will go in the boot room and shut the door. Whatever happens, we just walk out after’.
“I’m not tall, so I can’t really say… they proper had it out for five minutes. They told the kit man to lock the door, he left them in there. After they finished, they opened the door and walked out.”
Wright-Phillips added: “And that was the end of it! They just solved it by doing it that way.
“There were a few bruises and red spots on some people’s faces. They just went at it.
“I wouldn’t say it solved the problem, but it left it where it was, because they both kind of knew their places.”
Asked if the players were both household names, Wright-Phillips said: “I would say one more than the other. You would both definitely know them. Yeah [I’ll tell you who], when the mic is off!”
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